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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Mar 16, 2011 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident: dry fuel cooling pool at Dai-ichi 4

Thanks mandojammer,
As an environmental radiochemist (& PhD in chemistry, not radiochem though), I must say that you are right on the mark.
I also suggest again that those of us who pray do so & do so frequently & that those of us who don't tolerate those of us who do through this time. Perhaps check with your favorite charity or religious institution to see if you can volunteer or donate in some manner.

With Love,

PS One of the sites that I've been refreshing regularly is

http://www.nei.org/newsandevents/information-on-the-japanese-earthquake-and-reactors-in-that-region/

sadly it is reporting in part:
"UPDATE AS OF 5:45 P.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16:

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko told members of Congress today that there is no water remaining in the fuel pool at reactor 4 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Jaczko told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that “we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool…radiation levels are extremely high, which could impact the ability to take corrective measures.”"

There is no updated information available from either Tokyo Electric Power or Japanese safety or regulatory officials on the status of the Fukushima plant. Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said it also is concerned about the spent fuel storage pool at reactor 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi site.




This post was modified by Jack o' Roses on 2011-03-17 00:35:47

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Mar 17, 2011 4:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident:: fuel cooling pool at Dai-ichi 4 not dry?

I hope & pray that this is good news:

from the NEI link above:
UPDATE AS OF 9:00 P.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16:

***...Spokesmen for TEPCO and Japan’s regulatory agency, Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency, on March 17 Japan time refuted reports that there was a complete loss of cooling water in the used fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4. ...***
Recent radiation levels measured at the boundary of the Fukushima Daiichi plant have been dropping steadily over the past 12 hours, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said on Wednesday night (U.S. time).

At 4 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, a radiation level of 75 millirem per hour was recorded at the plant's main gate. At 4 p.m. EDT, the reading at one plant site gate was 34 millirem per hour. By comparison, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual radiation dose limit for the public is 100 millirem. Radiation readings are being taken every 30 minutes."

This is almost 3 orders of magnitude lower that earlier reports & this is very good!

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Poster: boltman Date: Mar 16, 2011 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident: dry fuel cooling pool at Dai-ichi 4

Sad...

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 16, 2011 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident: dry fuel cooling pool at Dai-ichi 4

What's appearing very sad to me is how this is playing out right now. TEPCO (Tokyo Electric) appears to be acting the same way as BP did with the Gulf of Mexico oil leak disaster.

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Poster: boltman Date: Mar 17, 2011 5:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Japan's Unfolding Nuclear Reactor Accident: dry fuel cooling pool at Dai-ichi 4

Yep, the Ostrich Syndrome. Deny and stick your head in the sand, hope nobody will see you.

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